Disruptive Behavior

Conduct that materially and substantially interferes with, or obstructs, the teaching or learning process in the context of a classroom or educational setting is disruptive behavior.

Disruptive Behavior

NOT Disruptive Behavior

The student in your class who is persistently tardy or leaves early

Cultural differences

The student who talks incessantly while you are delivering a lecture

Appropriate demonstrations of disagreements or differences of opinion

The student who loudly and frequently interrupts the flow of class with questions or interjections

A clash of values or beliefs

The student who becomes belligerent when you confront his or her inappropriate behavior in class

Needing extra time or attention based on reasonable accommodation

Cell phones ringing in a classroom, text messaging, chatting online


Persistent and unreasonable demands for time and attention both in and out of the classroom


Recommendation for Intervention

Recommendation on how to address disruptive behavior in the classroom.

Recommendation for Intervention